You are here

Tuition and Fees

Your tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.) rate* based on the program you choose and the number of course units for which you register unless otherwise indicated. The rates listed below will be effective fall 2017 through spring 2018. Summer tuition information is available on the Penn Summer tuition page. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

College of Liberal and Professional Studies tuition

Tuition for College of Liberal and Professional Studies courses taken by Bachelor of Fine Arts students are billed at the rates listed in the table below.  

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Tuition and Fee Rates for Bachelor of Fine Arts College of Liberal and Professional Studies Courses

Course Units Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $3,094 $288 $102 N/A $3,484
2 $6,188 $576 $204 N/A $6,968
3 $9,282 $864 $306 N/A $10,452
4 $12,376 $2,376 $408 $273 $15,433

College of Liberal and Professional Studies courses end with a section code between 601 and 606 in the fall and spring. In summer, LPS courses end with section codes of 900 to 909.

Non-College of Liberal and Professional Studies tuition

Bachelor of Fine Arts students who are taking courses outside of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (i.e., in other schools of the University such as the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wharton School of Business, the School of Nursing or the College of Arts and Sciences) are charged the tuition of that school. 

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Tuition and Fee Rates outside the College of Liberal and Professional Studies

Course Units (c.u.) Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Total
1 $6,052 $594 $102 $6,748

Please check with your academic advisor in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies if you have any questions about the tuition you will be charged for your courses, as there is no tuition reduction available for College of Arts and Sciences daytime classes. For complete course taking policies please see the Bachelor of Fine Arts Student Handbook (PDF)

Fee definitions

  • General fee: The general fee constitutes a partial contribution to the support of such essential facilities as a large library system, museums and institutes, and special laboratories.
  • Technology fee: The technology fee covers all the public computing labs, networking access and a host of other computing services and local support.
  • Clinical fee: The clinical fee is required for students enrolled in four or more course units and allows them unlimited access to the Penn Student Health Service.
  • Recreation fee: Effective Fall 2017, the recreation fee is incorporated into the general fee for full-time students. It includes automatic membership in the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center.

*Academic credit (PDF) is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

Summer application deadline: April 1

Apply Now

Get your application started!

Apply now >

Looking for support?

Program Resources

Penn has a range of world-class resources to help you with academics and student life.

See Program Resources >

Penn and the arts

Campus Life

From theatre, museums, galleries, and music and dance, arts play a leading role in life on campus.

See Campus Life >

Penn LPS

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326
(215) 573-2053

Facebook   Twitter   YouTube